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"We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate."


~Henry Miller

Currently reading

Operation Rubikon
Andreas Pflüger, Merlau, Günter
The Future Won't Be Long
Jarett Kobek
A Short History of Nearly Everything
William Roberts, Bill Bryson
The Power of One
Humphrey Bower, Bryce Courtenay
The Romanov Mission
Robert Jackson
Goliath: A Thriller
Shawn Corridan, Gary Waid
Last Days of Summer
Steve Kluger
And the Band Played On
Randy Shilts, Victor Bevine

Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy - Jim Grimsley


It is a love story. Wonderful, beautiful, forbidden, honest and very real. This book is very difficult to review for me. I have an impression that everything that I'll say about this novel and about the relationship between Ford McKinney and Dan Crell won't do justice neither the book, nor the MCs.

It is probably the quietest love story I've ever read. And these contradictions between the two protagonists and their backgrounds, between the stillness and tenderness of telling, the soft flowing of words and lines -like a gentle touch with fingertips - and yet the deepest insights into the very heart of the matter achieved the most powerful effect.


For me the central idea of the novel was hidden in the longest quote I've highlighted, here is just a part of it:
Why do men stay together? It is easy to understand why they fuck, but why do they stay together, what is the answer? Why do they live in the same house, share meals together, argue about money and parents, why do they have pets, plant begonias, bring home birthday cakes? Where are the children, where is the sense of permanence, what is the tie that binds?

The answer is easy and simple. And yet often full of obstacles that have to be overcome. But it's worth it.


And it is about Christmas!
So, NOW it would be the best time for it.